The first seven verses of this chapter deal with a promise God has made to Israel. In verse 17 God promises Jeremiah despite all the troubles that Israel must go through, he will restore his children. In the first few words of this verse I find great comfort and share with you this week the power of this promise. Home now recovering from heart surgery has awaken within me a time of reflection and a greater appreciation of that which God has created and leaves me wondering at the awesome healing power of my creator. Also I have come to believe that healing to a christian is quite different from what we imagine in the secular world.The Bible speaks often of miraculous healing through the work of Jesus Christ and faith in God. It is these examples of the healing miracles recorded in scripture that we often go to in times of illness and emotional stress that give comfort and hope to the believer. There is within this life that God has created a depth and purpose far greater than the mortal mind can imagine, a depth that passeth all understanding. God is about life. Paul said that to die was to live, I find in these few words his remarkable sense of the promise of eternal life. The promise of eternal life through the blood of Jesus Christ as ordained by God the Father is the very ground on which the cross stands. We must ask ourselves how when the pain and hurt is overwhelming, how do we keep our focus on Jesus Christ and the promise? How do we remain faithful and somehow see the blessings of this life that surround us each day? I would suggest that we seek the Holy Spirit and look to strengthen our mind, body and heart as we seek the comfort of the promise.
Healing as we know it is the process of making or becoming sound or healthy again. Healing can also be therapeutic. For most of us healing is a process of doctors, hospitals, drugs and time but there is another factor, that which is found at the foot of the cross. It is the Promise. It is a God thing.
Genesis 2 King James Version (KJV) 2 7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
I have always believed that the breath of life and this gift as given is to me the very soul of our being. Our bodies being only a vessel in which God has placed this wonderful creation of life. Our soul, our very being belongs to God and nothing or no one can take us from him. With this thought in mind I find comfort in the final dispensation of my earthly life. No mater the circumstances of my passing from this world, my soul belongs to God and he alone will have dominion over it. This takes me to one of my favorite chapters in the bible. 1 Corinthians chapter 15. Please take the time to read and rejoice in the revelation of the resurrection.
I could write much more but believe it best to let the power of the Promise speak for me. The true healing for the Christian is the finality of the Promise, life everlasting as promised by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As I spend the days ahead re-gaining my strength I look forward to this life but rejoice even more in what is to come. Life is a God thing and I will cling to it as long as I can with the realization that it will be my spiritual health and the Promise that will carry me home.
Life is Good